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Director Spotlight: Christopher Nolan

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Henry, May 3, 2021.

  1. Henry

    LISTEN TO CHAI Moderator


    Feel free to list ideas for other threads here
  2. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    oh boy. this will be a fun thread, im sure

    genuinely love the prestige and dunkirk. his batman movies are fine. memento has aged better than I expected. i could kinda leave everything else behind and never think about them again.
  3. the rural juror

    carried in the arms of cheerleaders

    Despite his blind spots (which have been discussed ad nauseum on this site), he's a very talented and creative director, and I appreciate him as one of the few blockbuster-level directors who still has the freedom to do his own thing, rather than being subsumed into the larger content machine.

    I always look forward to his movies, although the quality definitely varies.
  4. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    I’m sure everyone will be normal about people’s different thoughts on the quality of this particular filmmaker.

    Some of his stuff works best when he lets it be dumb. Dark Knight, Memento, The Prestige, Inception, they worked for people because they don’t get bogged down in anything, they just give you the premise and go. Tenet has cool elements but couldn’t engage as consistently as the others, and Interstellar flails when it tries to be about anything.

    Dunkirk is a masterwork though. Genuinely have loved it more with each viewing.
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  5. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    Batman Begins might be worse than people think and Dark Knight Rises might be better but neither are good
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  6. aoftbsten

    Trusted Supporter

    He's a strange director for me where I'm always excited to see his next project, but I rarely have the desire to revisit it after I've seen it once. The expectations for me being Interstellar and Dunkirk. I loved both.
  7. flask


    Love Interstellar and Prestige. Tenet was such a wet fart that I’m not really excited for what comes next.
  8. aoftbsten

    Trusted Supporter

    I have the day off tomorrow. I might finally watch Tenet.
  9. imthesheriff

    Here I Am. So Glad You Are. Supporter

    The Prestige
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  10. Jason Tolpin


    I liked Dark Knight.

    Thats the only one I saw though. :(
  11. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Man's never made a bad movie.

    Memento, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Dunkirk, Interstellar and Inception are all 9s or 10s for me.

    Batman Begins, Tenet, The Dark Knight Rises and Insomnia are probably 8s.

    I really need to see Following.
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  12. ncarrab


    Memento is my all-time favorite film. Has been for about the past 17 years.

    The Prestige is also in my top 10.

    I love The Dark Knight, although don't really have any desire to ever watch Batman Begins or The Dark Knight Rises ever again.

    In college, I wrote a 10-page paper on Insomnia. I probably like the film far more than most.

    Love Inception.

    I liked Interstellar, but also have no need to watch it again.

    Dunkirk was great, but not your typical Nolan kind of film.

    I have yet to see Tenet (although now that it's on HBO Max I probably will soon). Never saw Following.
  13. I have fun watching his movies the first time but never have a desire to go back to any of them other than Dunkirk. Inception was so fun the first time but there's too much exposition to revisit it.

    Tenet and Interstellar we're poop.
  14. Jbent

    Trusted Supporter

    Excellent scores in both tenet & interstellar
  15. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    i agree the score for tenet is excellent. interstellar, no so much. hans rules but it's him doing karoake versions of his own work
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  16. imthesheriff

    Here I Am. So Glad You Are. Supporter

    Interstellar is bad but I enjoy it mainly for the visuals.
  17. Barresi

    Spooky Space Kook Supporter

    I thought Interstellar was just fine the first time I watched it, but went back this past year and was kind of mad at myself for not loving it more. The Dark Knight is still his best for me, but Interstellar is up there too.

    Dope score.
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  18. Serh

    @TiredOfSeth Prestigious

    i'm a little protective of nolan since he gets so much shit he doesn't deserve. dude made one movie that's any less than pretty good. his catalog is strong enough where i'll keep my eyes open for anything he has his hands in
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  19. Serh May 3, 2021
    (Last edited: May 25, 2021)

    @TiredOfSeth Prestigious

    play by play. if you read all this, i appreciate you:

    following is surprisingly decent and i believe had some of the earmarks we'd expect from him down the road

    memento is awesome and while i'll always be curious of what his career would be like if he stuck with more midbudget stuff, this film was probably proof he'd always have a great career nonetheless

    insomnia is a pretty solid thriller (and good remake of what i assume is a superior original film) but not much more than that. it essentially existed to prove nolan could handle a bigger budget with some stars

    batman begins is a great first entry even if there are a few cracks in the armor. impressive that's his first blockbuster in that i still think it's a top-tier cbm despite being at least a few years before superheroes would take over like they have

    the prestige could be argued as his best. it's arguably the biggest fly in the face of nolan being this cold clinical filmmaker (though there's good arguments of that being the case elsewhere)

    the dark knight

    inception is great even if it's not the instant masterpiece it seemed to be immediately hailed as. if more movies like that could bring in like $800m, we'd be in a good (or at least better) space

    the dark knight rises falls short of being the spectacular sequel to tdk, but i still enjoy myself each of the few times i've watched it. i think nolan at the very least greatly improved on the action scenes compared to bb

    interstellar is the only outright misstep to me. and that's a shame because it arguably contains some of the most emotionally resonant moments in his ouvere. it should've been way better, but nolan stabs himself in the back too often. that said, i'll rewatch it if it comes back (safely) to theaters maybe

    dunkirk was the bounce back he needed. the movie lost all interest in explaining shit to death and is better for it. i hope his future films take note of what worked for this one.

    tenet is still a bit of a question mark, even though i liked it. it's certainly E X T R A, but i get this nagging feeling it's better than i and plenty others think it is. i'll always wonder what its overall perception would be if it were released under normal circumstances
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  20. domotime2

    It's an Albany Expression Prestigious

    Any director thats allowed to make big budget original movies (batman excluded)...and it gets press, makes money, so he can make another.

    Thank you. Inception is my jam. Tenet only flop
  21. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Honestly there are days where, though I consider The Dark Knight always his best, Interstellar is my favorite
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  22. flask


    Man the score for Interstellar rules. That organ sounds incredible.
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  23. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    The Prestige
    The Dark Knight
    Batman Begins
    The Dark Knight Rises

    big fan.
  24. Memento is his best
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  25. ncarrab


    Of course